The Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Fr. John Croiset, S. J.
Originally published in1691;
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1959
TAN Books and Publishers
by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
O most holy, most amiable and most glorious Virgin,
Mother of God,
and Advocate to whom we are all vowed and consecrated, making it our
to belong to thee as children, servants and slaves for time and
behold! with common accord, we throw ourselves at thy feet to renew our
vows of fidelity and servitude to thee and to pray thee that as we
entirely to thee, thou wouldst offer, dedicate, consecrate and immolate
to the Sacred Heart of our adorable Jesus, ourselves and all that we
all that we shall do and suffer, without reserving anything for
We wish to have no other liberty except that of loving Him, no other
except that of belonging to Him as slaves and victims of His pure love,
no other will or power but that of pleasing Him and contenting Him in
even at the price of our lives. And since thou hast all power over the
amiable Heart of thy Divine Son, grant, O most charitable Mother, that
He may receive and accept this consecration which we make today in thy
presence, and through thy mediation, with the protestations of our
relying on His grace and thy help, which we beg thee not to refuse us.
O, our sweet Hope, make us feel thy power over the amiable Heart of Jesus, and use thy influence on our behalf to lodge us there always. Pray Him to exercise His sovereign empire over our souls, making His love reign in our hearts, in order that He may consume us and transform us entirely into Himself May He be our Father, our Spouse, our Protection, our Treasure, our Delight, our Love and our All in all things; may He destroy and annihilate in us all that is of ourselves and put in place of it all that is of Himself, in order that we may be able to be pleasing to Him. May He be the support of our powerlessness, the strength of our weakness, the joy of all our sadness.
O Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, repair all our
all that is wanting to us, burn our hearts in your holy ardors; consume
all our coldness and cowardice in loving and serving you, since we wish
to make all our holiness and happiness consist in living and dying in
state of slaves of the adorable Heart of Jesus, and servants of His
Place me, O my sweet Savior, in Thy Sacred Side, and in Thy adorable Heart which is a burning Furnace of pure love, and I shall be in safety. I hope, O my Jesus, My Sovereign Good, that Thou wilt bring me in thither, since I love Thee, not for the recompenses which Thou dost promise to those who love Thee, but purely for the love of Thyself. I love Thee above all things lovable, above everything good, above everything beautiful, above every pleasure, and in fine, above myself and everything that is outside of Thee, and I protest in the presence of Heaven and earth that I wish to live and die in Thy holy love, purely and simply, and that even if to love Thee in this manner, I must suffer persecution and torments and even endure death, I am quite content, and will say with St. Paul: "No creature shall ever be able to separate me from the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whom I love and wish to love eternally."
O most amiable Heart, Thou art my strength, my support,
my safety, my refuge, my love and my all. O most holy Heart of Jesus,
most august, Master of all hearts, I love Thee, I adore Thee, I praise
Thee; I thank Thee, I wish to be all Thine. O Heart of love, dwell with
me and in me; govern me, save me, change me entirely into Thee. O most
excellent and most Sacred Heart, the eternal enjoyment of which will
without surfeit, the Source of enjoyment and the Recompense of the
how desirable, how lovable Thou art! O Divine Heart, come to me, or
me to Thee. O Heart most sublime, the Delight of Divinity! I salute
from exile where I am; I invoke Thee in my sorrow; I call on Thee as
remedy for my frailty. Oh! most merciful Heart, compassionate and
Heart of my Father and my Savior, do not refuse Thy help to my unworthy
heart, destroy in me the reign of sin and establish in me that of
in order that Thy image may be completely perfected in me and that it
one day be an ornament in Thy Heavenly palace. Amen.
Humbly prostrate at the foot of Thy holy Cross, I will
often say to
Jesus, unknown and despised,
O Good Jesus, Who has suffered an infinity of insults and humiliations for love of me, imprint deeply on my heart a great love and appreciation for them, and the desire to endure them willingly for Thee. Amen.
Behold, O compassionate Father, this prodigal who has sinned against Thee by dissipating the treasures with which Thou hast enriched him. I throw myself at Thy Feet and cry for mercy. Do not reject me and do not forget Thy mercies. Exercise them over my poor soul, although it is unworthy of them. Do not permit that it be lost before Thine eyes, since Thy Sacred Heart has given birth to it with so much pain. Do not refuse me the title of child of Thy Heart, for I desire to die unto myself and unto sin, in order to live henceforth only by the life of submission and obedience. In this spirit I wish to do all my actions, uniting my obedience with that which Thou dost render to the priest, whether he be good or bad, without showing the pain it costs Thee to enter into the hearts of sinners. In like manner, I will repress my repugnances so that they will have no other effect on me but to make me sacrifice them to Thee, saying: Jesus was silent; Jesus was obedient even unto death; I wish to obey until I breathe my last sigh. Amen.
O Jesus, my love, in memory of the Sacrifice of Thyself which Thou didst offer on the Cross and which Thou dost still offer in the Blessed Sacrament, I beg of Thee to accept that which I make of my whole being, immolated and sacrificed to Thy adorable designs and wishes. Receive me in the spirit of penance and sacrifice. O Heavenly Physician of my soul, Sovereign Remedy for my evils, I present myself to Thee as a sick person without hope in any other but in the charitable Heart of my Savior, who alone knows my maladies and can cure me of them.
I hope for this favor from Thy bounty, since in this amiable Sacrament Thou hast made Thyself my medicine, my healing balm. My cowardice and my coldness in Thy love have been the cause of all my infirmities; but Thou canst, if Thou wilt, cure me, for I am ready to suffer anything in order to be cured. Cut, burn, amputate; provided that I love Thee and be saved, I will submit to everything. On my part, I am ready to apply the iron and fire of entire mortification and crucifixion of myself to cure the wounds which pride and self-love have caused to my soul.
Apply Thyself then to my poor languishing heart as a balm of love. O my charitable Physician, have pity on my weakness and deliver me from it for the glory of Thy name. Amen.